False claims circulate after a COVID-19 vaccine injury congressional hearing

A U.S. congressperson who has previously promoted conspiracy theories and false claims about COVID-19 held a congressional hearing about alleged vaccine “injuries” on November 13. Several anti-vaccine physicians and an attorney who has led dozens of anti-mandate lawsuits were among those who testified. The hearing provided a platform for many false claims including that COVID-19 vaccines cause pregnancy complications, infertility, and heart attacks.

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